baptize

verb
bap·​tize | \ bap-ˈtīz How to pronounce baptize (audio) , ˈbap-ˌtīz, especially Southern bab-ˈtīz or ˈbab-ˌtīz\
variants: or less commonly baptise
baptized also baptised; baptizing also baptising

Definition of baptize

transitive verb

1 religion : to administer baptism (see baptism sense 1) to baptize a child in the Episcopal Church was baptized a Catholic as an infant
2a : to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging (see purge entry 1 sense 1) experience or ordeal baptized with pain and rapture, tears and fire …— Sidney Lanier
b : initiate Both developments were baptized under last season's conditions of scanty snow …New York Times
3 : to give a name to (as at baptism) : christen Theybaptized their son "John" after the baby's grandfather.

intransitive verb

: to administer baptism

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Other Words from baptize

baptizer noun

Examples of baptize in a Sentence

The priest baptized the baby. She was baptized at the age of 20.

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People who have prepared to become part of the church are baptized and partake in communion for the first time. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 But playtime ended inside the chapel when Leonore's little sister was baptized in front of her royal family. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Young Princess Leonore gets attention at her sister's christening for going barefoot," 13 June 2018 At one point Travis, who appears in certain parts of the video in a very Jesus-like look, seems to be baptizing his fans and flying through the air. Dan Barna, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Transforms Into the Virgin Mary for Travis Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" Video," 7 Aug. 2018 At one point Travis, who appears in certain parts of the video in a very Jesus-like look, seems to be baptizing his fans and flying through the air. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Stars as the Virgin Mary in Travis Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" Music Video," 7 Aug. 2018 For them, decisions that were once a given—like whether to attend mass, send their kids to Catholic school or even have their children baptized—have suddenly become agonizing. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Many Catholics Struggle to Keep the Faith," 6 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, Markle became one step closer to becoming a royal after being baptized into the Church of England in a top secret ceremony, according to the Daily Mail. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle reportedly baptized into the Church of England, steps out for International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2018 Louis, who was born April 23 in London, will be officially baptized into the Church of England in the traditional christening ceremony on July 9 at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, also in London. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Fascinating History of Prince Louis's Christening Dress," 9 July 2018 Yesterday, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Louis will be baptized on July 9. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Jokes About Earning "Street Cred" with Prince George," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of baptize

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for baptize

Middle English, from Anglo-French baptiser, from Late Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein to dip, baptize, from baptein to dip, dye; akin to Old Norse kvefja to quench

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baptize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of baptize

: to perform the ceremony of baptism for (someone)
: to officially make someone a member of a specified Christian church through the ceremony of baptism
: to give (someone) a name through the ceremony of baptism

baptize

verb
bap·​tize | \ bap-ˈtīz How to pronounce baptize (audio) , ˈbap-ˌtīz\
baptized; baptizing

Kids Definition of baptize

1 : to dip in water or sprinkle water on as a part of the ceremony of receiving into the Christian church
2 : to give a name to as in the ceremony of baptism : christen

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